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The Packers had two strong performances last week, beating the Roughriders of Grand Forks-Red River 4-1 on Tuesday before playing to a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Fargo South Bruins on Thursday night. "The kids have had a really good week," Head Coach Doug Millar said. "I think we're going in the right direction." In Tuesday's match against Red River, the Packers came out somewhat frantic, but managed to collect themselves by the 10-minute mark. "We got kind of ragged in the first half, trying to send the ball long," Millar said.
The West Fargo girls' golf team, led by junior Ashley Bixby, finished fourth out of 10 teams at the Fargo North Invitational at Edgewood Golf Course last Wednesday. Bixby, in what West Fargo coach Dan Wolf called an "off day" for her, tied for fifth out of 56 competitors with a score of 88. As a team, the Packers walked away from the course with a score of 405, bringing their season average to an even 400.
The Packers swim team went head-to-head with both the Fargo South Eagles and the Moorhead Spuds on Thursday evening and came out successful, topping Moorhead 96-88 before beating Davies 125-57. The match-up against Moorhead came down to the 400-meter relay, which the Packers won, but the newer program of Fargo Davies was no match for West fargo. Despite having no seniors, the Packers have been finding leadership elsewhere. "I'm not expecting anyone to be the leader, but a lot of girls have been stepping up, and that's great," head coach Marsha Dahl said.
The Packers' tennis team had a mixed bag last week, winning their only meet on Thursday before splitting their two meets on both Friday and Saturday, and then winning their meet Monday evening. In Thursday's match against Grand Forks-Red River, rain postponed singles competition and cancelled the doubles matches. In singles, the boys were shut out, losing 6-0 as a team. The first match on Friday against Williston saw a complete reversal for the Packers from the night before, as they shut out the Coyotes 9-0. The second Friday match against Bismarck Century was less successful.
The Fargo-Davies Eagles celebrated their homecoming on Friday night, but the Packers gave them no reason to celebrate, flattening the Eagles by a score of 41-7. "It was a big game," Packers' coach Jay Gibson said. "I'm hoping it's a boost in the arm." "Turnovers were huge for us," said Gibson, whose team pulled in three interceptions. "Whether you want to say they gave them to us or we took them away, it's a big deal." The highlight of the night came from senior defensive end Brody Mertz, who tipped an Eagles' pass into the air, caught it himself and ran it in for six points.
The West Fargo Packers cross country team had another solid outing at the Becki Wells Invitational in Dickinson, N.D., on Saturday morning. The girls' team took third out of 22 teams with a score of 103. The boys, on the other hand, finished fourth out of 15 teams with a score of 115. The Packer girls were led by eighth-grader Jen Dufner, who had a time of 15:21.00. Sophomore Suzanne Dullum was next among the girls' team with a time of 16:11.00. The boys were led by senior Darin Baltezore, who ran his 5k in 16:40.00.
On paper, Thursday night's volleyball game between the West Fargo Packers and the Fargo Shanley Deacons certainly looked like a blowout. The Deacons topped the Packers in three straight games by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-22. Shanley combined for 10 aces. West Fargo had none. Three Deacon players combined for 32 digs.
The Packers football managed to get some points on the scoreboard, but gave up the same amount as the week before in a 29-15 loss to the Bismarck Century Patriots. The loss bring the Packers to 0-2 on the season, while the Patriots moved to 1-1. The team relied heavily on its passing game and, to an extent, found some success through the air. Senior quarterback Nick Roehrich threw for 207 yards, two deep touchdowns to senior receivers Chaz Gunderson and Jamie Heinen, and two interceptions. The rushing game sputtered for West Fargo, as the team combined for just 41 yards rushing.
By Daniel Determan The West Fargo Packers' and Sheyenne Mustangs' 9th grade volleyball teams were sharing a bus and acting as cheerleaders for each other just over 10 days ago in a weekend tournament. Eight days ago, the Packers beat the Mustangs 2-0 at the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center in the first ever sporting event between the two West Fargo schools. The Packers took the first game by a score of 25-11 before winning the second by a score of 25-18. "The girls got to play at their school against some of their friends," Mustang Coach Jenna Green said.
The Packers cross country teams had an impressive meet on Thursday in Wahpeton, as the boys team took second behind Fargo Davies and the girls, less than a week after topping two-time state champions Davies, took third behind Davies and Fargo South in a 13-team meet. The boys finished just over a minute behind Davies, with an average 5k time of 17:22.98. The girls finished just under two minutes behind Davies and 27 seconds behind South, with an average 4k time of 16:36.35. "We have a very good group of runners," head coach Joe Bailey said.